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Clinical Bioinformatician

Job Reference: 309-SHB2004-TB-A

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Square - Neurogenetics
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), London
£45,780 - £51,393 per annum

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. This includes an extensive portfolio of academic and clinical courses and programmes ranging from ongoing personal development through to clinical excellence and leadership skills. UCLH prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

Band 7 Clinical Bioinformatician

The Neurogenetics Laboratory of the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) provides a regional, national and international diagnostic service for inherited neurological disease, including the Highly Specialised Services for Mitochondrial Disease and Rare Neuromuscular Disorders (skeletal muscle channelopathies). In July 2020 it is merging and co-locating with the Regional Genetics Laboratory at Great Ormond Street Hospital, to become the lead Rare Disease Laboratory in the North Thames Genomics Laboratory Hub (GLH).

The laboratory is ISO 15189:2012 accredited and has close associations with clinicians and research groups at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. We are a participating laboratory in the North Thames Genomic Medicine Centre providing support to the 100,000 Genomes Project.

A full time HCPC-Registered Clinical Bioinformatician is required to participate in the provision of the molecular genetic service. Applications will also be considered from candidates working towards registration and we are happy to support experienced research-based bioinformaticians looking to change to working in the clinical environment. The post holder will work closely with the bioinformatics team at GOSH and within the North Thames GLH to maintain and develop in house pipelines for both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA NGS analysis as well as bespoke programs designed to facilitate analysis of whole genome sequence data. The role includes management of data storage and archiving. With the introduction of whole genome sequencing into the NHS diagnostic setting this is an evolving and challenging role suited to a flexible hardworking bioinformatician.

Please note: Previous experience in a diagnostic genetics laboratory or in NGS data analysis pipeline development and maintenance is essential; no previous experience in neurology is necessary. Options for flexible and remote working can be discussed.

For further details / informal visits contact:

the head of the laboratory, Dr James Polke:, or deputy head Dr Robyn Labrum:

All candidates for posts at UCLH are required to complete our values assessment.

In the ‘Further Links’ section to the right of this advert, please follow the link to the UCLH Values Assessment Tool. Once you have completed the assessment and scored highly enough, you will receive a certificate number. In order to start your application, you must copy and paste (do not type) your certificate number into your application form when requested.

The certificate covers all applications you make to UCLH for 6 months - you do not need to take the test for each job application you make. After 6 months you may complete the assessment again.

If you have lost your certificate number, you can have a reminder sent to your email address by accessing the Values Assessment Certificate Number Reminder tool in the ‘Further Links’ section to the right of this advert.

Please note that if you are at present in a training position on the 2016 new junior doctor’s contract and are applying for a Trust doctor role your salary will not be pay protected.

You will be placed on the appropriate point of the Trust Doctor pay scale based on your previous experience.

This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. You are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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